I was introduced to 8tracks back in 2013 and I’ve been using it since then. I was rather satisfied with the way music was presented on the website and I never really found a reason to go exploring for other sites like 8tracks. A close friend of mine compelled me to try Spotify for the first time. I was actually quite sure I would not like Spotify more than 8tracks, but after using the former for about a week, I feel like my opinions have changed.
The principle behind both the websites are similar. It’s an online radio/streaming service. There are pre-created playlists that are divided on the basis of genres, moods, events, etc. There are some areas in which Spotify certainly excels over 8tracks, though. Spotify allows you to jump between a playlist, to skip songs you don’t want to listen to, or get to another song first. 8tracks however, plays songs in a particular order, and you don’t have a way of knowing all the songs that are on a particular playlist till you have listened to all of them. You can only use the skip button a limited number of times during an hour, which is rather limiting too.
So, if you are looking for an online radio that is user-friendly, and has an appealing interface, Spotify is certainly the winner- and I have no qualms admitting that.